Sinterklaas

November 28, 2006

The website statistics tell me that I have a lot of visitors from overseas. From my point of view, the UK, the US, Australia and Canada are overseas.

I have been reading about a couple of (mainly US) holidays, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving over the past few weeks on some other Pug blogs. Because I enjoyed reading about those holidays, I thought you might enjoy reading about a typical Dutch holiday as well; Sinterklaas.


Sinterklaas (it looks a bit like Santa Claus) is an annual event which has been uniquely Dutch and Flemish (Belgian) for centuries. It's being celebrated on the 5th of December each year. Sinterklaas brings presents to every child that has been good in the past year (in practice to all children). Sinterklaas wears a red bishop's dress including a red mitre, rides a white horse (called Amerigo) over the rooftops and is assisted by many mischievous helpers with black faces and colourful Moorish dresses, dating back two centuries.


Sinterklaas

It looks a bit like Christmas with all the presents, but in stead of elves, Sinterklaas has Pieten (the Moorish people) to assist him. In stead of living on the North Pole and riding on a sled, Sinterklaas lives in Madrid, Spain and arrives by boat. A big similarity is that both Santa Clause and Sinterklaas use the chimney to deliver their presents.


Sinterklaas arrives by boat

If I didn't bore you with this story about Sinterklaas, you can read more about him in this Wikipedia article.


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  1. Goodboy Norman Featherstone says:
    November 30, 2006 @ 16:10 — Reply

    I will bring these new holidays to the attention of the Woman. We must celebrate properly, you know. AND, I want more presents :)

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